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MARYLAND SOCIETY UNITED STATES DAUGHTERS OF 1812

Welcome to the website of the Maryland State Society United States Daughters of 1812! Recently, the country celebrated the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 and much of the focus of the celebration was right here in Maryland. During that time, plenty of hard work and wonderful celebrations brought this critical period in our history to the forefront and has created long-lasting results that will continue to promote and preserve the history of the War of 1812 for years to come.

It is incumbent upon the United States Daughters of 1812 to ensure that history stays fresh and that the heroes of the war are not forgotten. In our chapter meetings, we encourage research on ancestors including finding the location of ancestor grave sites, invite engaging speakers to spark enthusiasm in the War of 1812, plan tours to the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House, Fort McHenry, the Maryland Historical Society and other War of 1812 sites, honor the histories of our ancestors to keep the history of the War of 1812 alive.

The purposes of our society are to promote patriotism, to preserve and increase knowledge of the history of the American people, by the preservation of documents and relics, the marking of historic spots, the recording of family histories and traditions, the celebration of patriotic anniversaries, teaching and emphasizing the heroic deeds of the civil, military and naval life of those who molded this Government between the close of the American Revolution and the close of the War of 1812, to urge Congress to compile and publish authentic records of men in civil, military, and naval service from 1784 to 1815, inclusive, and to maintain at National Headquarters a museum of memorabilia of the 1784-1815 period.

We have four active chapters in Maryland named after significant “ladies” who were important in our State’s History:

  • Mary Young Pickersgill (1776-1857) – a young widow who was commissioned in 1813 to sew two flags for Fort McHenry in Baltimore. One of those flags would become the Star-Spangled Banner that inspired our National Anthem. Her home is now a National Historic Landmark and museum.
  • Kitty Knight (1775-1855) – an early American heroine credited for saving part of Georgetown (on the Eastern Shore of MD) during the War of 1812. She bravely confronted a British Admiral and plead with him to stop burning their town. She was successful and convinced him to order his troops to leave saving many homes.
  • Ella Virginia Houck Holloway (1862-1940) – Maryland State Society, United States Daughters of 1812 President beginning in 1918. She was instrumental in persuading a US Congressman to introduce the bill to mandate the “Star Spangled Banner” as our National Anthem. In 1931, it was signed into law.
  • The Chasseur – (built 1812) - A Baltimore Clipper ship launched out of Fell’s Point in 1812. She was the most successful merchant ship during the War of 1812 capturing or sinking 17 vessels before returning to Baltimore. Upon her return in 1815, The Chasseur was called the “Pride of Baltimore” and 2 replica ships have been modeled on her and both were named Pride of Baltimore.

If you are interested in joining the Maryland Society United States Daughters of 1812, please visit the Membership Section located on this website. We welcome your inquiry!

In Liberty, Fraternity, and Unity,

Holly Atherton Taylor, President
Maryland Society United States Daughters of 1812




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